An amazing place to experience a natural cypress swamp and all it's wildlife. Everytime we come here it is different, with many different species of birds to be seen if you take your time and walk quietly. There are several ponds with observations spots where you can search for turtles, alligators and the birds that roost in the trees. There are volunteers walking through the areas which will answer questions, or offer information on what wildlife can be seen ahead on the boardwalk. If you're there early in the morning you may also see the otters. We've heard and seen wild hogs in different areas of the swamp. You can hear them rooting through the ferns, then biting and chewing. Amazingly loud! On one visit we saw 2 female hogs at the edge of the parking area nursing their brood of young. They were laying on the dry ground, and we were very close to them. Near the Otter Pond is a huge bees nest, one of the biggest hives we've ever seen.
The Visitor's Center was interesting, especially if you have children, with interactive displays encouraging them to touch and see. This is a free attraction, but parking is one dollar per hour.
There is also a picnic area, but beware of the squirrels. They are quite tame, and although there are signs warning people not to feed them, we saw many people ignoring this. As a result we had to shoo them away while we were trying to eat.
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